At Embsay, the autocoach is now looking very smart, with only some finishing touches to be made before it is in an operational condition. The headstocks have been replaced and stepboards fitted. Inside, the work on the compartments is progressing very well, with seats fitted and walls and floors painted. The lengthy task of restoring the door droplights is now drawing to an end. Recently, the coach has been lifted to allow us to work on the brakes and bogies.
The autocoach’s restoration has won a Transport Trust award and this was presented to the Trust at Brooklands by HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Down at Loughborough, work continues on the chassis and powerunit. These have been connected together and have gone into the Great Central Railway’s Loughborough shed to be worked on. Our engineering team has been working on all the assorted mechanical bits necessary for powered motion. Whilst we’ve made much progress, there’s still some work to do before we can start testing.